Published: Mon, February 11, 2019

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder A 'Mistake'

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder A 'Mistake'

Jubeir was interviewed on Friday, the same day President Donald Trump ignored a congressional deadline for reporting on who assassinated Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who had been openly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's security team reached Pakistan on Monday ahead of his scheduled visit to the country. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Sen.

Pompeo said that Trump's administration was "working diligently" on its investigation.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said after meeting with lawmakers Friday that Congress should wait for the outcome of trials of 17 alleged assailants of Khashoggi, including five men who are facing the death penalty.

"I wish Congress would take a step back", he said.

Saudi Arabia has said the crown prince, who is the kingdom's 33-year-old de facto ruler, was not aware of any plan to kill him. He called the slaying a "rogue operation".

President Donald Trump, rejecting his own intelligence officials' findings, has apparently chosen to believe MBS' claim that he played no role in the gruesome murder of Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi royal family who was killed after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

"There was no order given to conduct this operation", he said, describing the murder of the dissident as a "huge mistake".

Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday that Jubeir visited Capital Hill and met with Members of US Congress, posting a video clip from the visit.

"Enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month has sat unused and possibly spoiling in silos at the mills for more than four months", United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned in a statement, calling on the Houthis to allow access to the silos. "It was committed by officials of the Saudi government acting outside their scope of authority".

"I think for anyone to think they can dictate what we should do or what our leadership should do is preposterous", he said.

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